Saradha chit fund case: ED summons Mithun Chakraborty1 min read . Updated: 19 Jun 2014, 02:47 PM IST
The actor and MP is to give a statement on a purported transaction made by the Saradha group favouring him
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Trinamool Congress member of Parliament and actor Mithun Chakraborty on Friday to record his statement on a purported transaction in connection with the probe into the Saradha chit fund scam.
The actor has been asked by the agency to bring all relevant documents related to a transaction made by the Saradha group favouring him few years ago.
Chakraborty could not be contacted for comment.
However, Chakraborty’s statement is necessary to corroborate and build a sequence of events in the “interest of investigation", people with knowledge of the matter said. The summons sent to him do not pertain to any “criminal" intent on the actor’s part per se, the people said.
“He has been summoned to appear on 19 June in Kolkata. An amount of few crores from Saradha group accounts have gone to the actor’s account and answers related to this and few others are supposed to be put to him by the ED investigators," the people said.
The people added that Chakraborty was reportedly sent the amount for being the brand ambassador of a media platform floated by the group.
ED has registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and has already questioned a number of people including sitting MPs and political leaders in this regard.
The agency, till now, has found that a maze of 338 bank accounts and 224 companies that were used by the perpetrators of the Saradha chit fund scam, who are alleged to have duped investors in various states including West Bengal, Odisha and Assam.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, on the directions of the Supreme Court, recently began a probe into the case.